Where are the best places to find royalty-free music online for my no-budget video project?
March 13, 2010 9:09 AM   Subscribe

I'll soon be working on a no-budget video project, and I need to secure a variety of different types of music to go with the video. Where are the best places to find royalty-free music online?

This question has been asked before in the past. Once, a year ago, and another several years back. My question is a bit different though.

To be clear, I'm looking for royalty-free music. I have no budget for music, and can only offer up a credit in the crawl and links from containing a website containing the embedded video.

Surely there is a repository of artists looking to get their music heard in exchange for credits and links, right? They don't need to be popular or known.

The best I've found so far is APM Music Library through current.tv, but the interface -- and I'm not exaggerating here -- is the worst I've ever used in my entire online life.

What other online repositories containing royalty-free music are there?
posted by nitsuj to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
You might have some luck investigating "podsafe" music -- music that artists have uploaded for royalty-free use in podcasts -- although you'd want to read the terms of use very carefully. There are a great many resources out there, hopefully at least one will provide what you're looking for.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 9:28 AM on March 13, 2010

Royalty free doesn't mean "free."

A good place to find public domain and creative commons music/audio is the Internet Archive. Keep an eye on how the rights are managed for each piece of work.
posted by starman at 9:28 AM on March 13, 2010

Response by poster: thanks for the correction, starman. perhaps it'll help me refine my google searches!
posted by nitsuj at 9:31 AM on March 13, 2010

Free Music Archive.
posted by extrabox at 3:42 PM on March 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

a good net label which releases a lot of creative commons music:


and here's a utility to search works with sane copyright terms

posted by Truthiness at 8:52 PM on March 13, 2010 [1 favorite]

For Creative Commons music, I used ccMixter. As with other Creative Commons artwork, be sure to check the rights on offer - I'm not sure if you're making corporate work or not, which matters with some licenses.
posted by Pronoiac at 6:30 PM on March 14, 2010

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